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Hydrogen-Powered Nissan Vehicles Will Arrive By 2020

Nissan LogoIn around three years from now, expect to see Nissan vehicles on the market fueled by hydrogen. Only, these Nissan vehicles will differ greatly from the current hydrogen fuel-cell models offered by competitors. And that difference is ethanol.

There are vehicles on the road now that use ethanol as a fuel. But the upcoming hydrogen-powered Nissan vehicles will use the ethanol as a hydrogen source, converting the ethanol to hydrogen and then using that to generate electricity.

This approach offers a number of benefits that current hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles don’t have. The first benefit is that Nissan vehicles won’t have giant hydrogen tanks because they won’t have to store hydrogen (only ethanol). This has been a struggle for other automakers, forcing them to compromise cabin space. The second benefit is that Nissan vehicles won’t need hydrogen filling stations. An ethanol infastructure is already in place.

The range of the upcoming hydrogen-powered Nissan vehicles will be around 500 miles. We look forward to driving these eco-friendly cars!

4 Great 4th of July Party Ideas

Are you hosting a party for Independence Day this year? Spice things up with these great 4th of July party ideas that are sure to make this holiday a memorable one.

Independence Day

# 1 – Something Different: A Hot Dog Bar

Instead of spending $200 on steaks and burgers, why not do something different, like a hot dog bar? Set out all of the fixin’s and let your guests make their own. Make sure you’ve got your staples like chili, cheese, relish, mustard and ketchup out. But get creative too! For instance, offer blue cheese crumbles, Sriracha, and pico de gallo,

# 2 – Show Your Spirit: Patriotic Jell-o Shots

Use your preferred Jell-o recipe to create layers of non-alcoholic blue and red-layered Jell-o “shots” by using blue raspberry jell-o and cherry or strawberry Jell-o in small cups. To create the white layer, use cool whip.

# 3 – A Sweet and Salty Treat: Patriotic Popcorn

This awesome snack is sure to be a hit with all of your partygoers. It’s essentially popcorn and pretzel sticks, covered in melted vanilla almond bark and then subsequently mixed with red, white and blue M&Ms. Sound amazing? Find the recipe here.

# 4 – Don’t Forget the Games!

Cornhole is a must at a 4th of July gathering. Make it holiday-appropriate with red, white and blue bean cornhole boards. Painting them doesn’t take much time and you can always re-paint them for the next holiday!

Nissan EVs at UEFA Final Match in Milan

Nissan acted as the official global sponsor of the Union of European Football Association Championship League final, which took place from May 26th-28th. As an official sponsor, Nissan supplied the event with over a hundred electric vehicles for transporting guests and officials during the tournament. Nissan EVs at the UEFA final included Nissan LEAFs and e-NV2000s.

2016 Nissan LEAF
2016 Nissan LEAF

The UEFA final took place in Milan, where Nissan is partnering with the clean energy company A2A to sponsor the installation of 17 public electric vehicle chargers, most of which will remain free after the UEFA final.

Nissan was given the honor of transporting the UEFA trophy to the Duomo di Milano fan festival on Thursday in a special e-NV2000 and then to the San Siro stadium in a LEAF on Saturday, May 28th, the day of the match.

Nissan also sponsored the UEFA final last season, which took place in Berlin. There, Nissan installed charging ports and provided EVs at that event. According to Gareth Dunsmore, the Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe, the brand was excited to be able to do it again in Milan.

Father’s Day Photo Contest!

Photo ContestThe team here at Blackburn Motor Company is at it again! We’ve launched a new photo contest on our Facebook page – Blackburn Motor Company’s Father’s Day Photo Contest!

All you have to do to enter the contest is to submit a photo of you and your dad. We’ll post the photo to our page. The photo with the most likes by June 17th at 12PM CT will be our lucky winner!

The winner of our Father’s Day Photo Contest will win a gift card to Academy Sports + Outdoors. It may not repay dad for everything he’s done for you over the years, but it sure is a great way to say “Thanks!”

If you would like to enter your dad or another father into our contest, simply submit a photo via Facebook Messenger. Tag your friends and share photos to get as many likes as possible. You could be our lucky winner!

Please keep in mind that only one photo entry/participant will be accepted and only “Likes” on the photos on our page will be counted toward the total. Feel free to shoot us a message if you have any additional questions.

Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads out there!

Safety Tips for Driving near Bicycles

bicycleNow that spring is here, many more cyclists will be out and about. As drivers, we have to make room for them and respect their right to share the road. Driving near bicycles can be nerve-wracking, but if we follow these safety tips, we can make the road safer for cyclists.

First of all, you should understand that bicyclists are legally allowed to bike on the road, but they are not allowed to bike on the sidewalk, so don’t complain about them being in the road. If there’s no bike lane, you just have to deal with going slow for a while. It won’t kill you, but you could kill them, so keep that road rage in check.

Be very cautious when turning, especially making left turns. You may not realize how fast a bicycle is coming toward you and end up causing a collision, so it’s best to wait for them to pass. Always signal before changing lanes or turning, too—this is a given, but especially when cyclists are around.

Just be courteous, pay attention, and accept that cyclists aren’t going anywhere—and that isn’t a bad thing.

2016 Nissan Maxima Named to 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors List

It was announced in mid-April that the 2016 Nissan Maxima has made the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors List. Wards states that the Maxima’s interior “competes with more expensive cars” and has “spectacular touches” that improve the look and feel.

2016 Nissan Maxima Interior
2016 Nissan Maxima Interior

The Maxima’s interior is anchored by its fighter jet-inspired cockpit. Wards cited the Maxima’s expert craftsmanship, sophisticated color scheme, and the accents to the trim and seating surfaces.47 nominees were chosen as finalists for the 10 Best List, among them the Nissan Altima and TITAN.

The 10 Best Interiors List is chosen by a panel of eight judges from WardsAuto who test each vehicle not just for looks but for comfort, ergonomics, the driver information display, the materials used, and safety. They also consider the value of the car in relation to the quality of the interior.

The winners will be honored at the WardsAuto Interiors Conference, which will take place on May 11th in Detroit.

5 Important Benefits of Carpooling

carpoolDriving to work can be a pain, especially during hours of heavy traffic. If you have a few coworkers that all drive the same route to work, you should consider sharing the car with them instead of sharing the road. Check out these great benefits of carpooling.

  • Saves you money – By splitting gas costs with coworkers, you end up saving much more money than you would driving to and from work on your own.
  • Helps the environment – Less cars, lower emissions! Fewer cars on the road means less carbon dioxide and other gasses polluting the air.
  • Frees up the road – Fewer cars on the road means that your commute time could be cut down. Even three less cars could make a difference in your morning commute.
  • Convenient – Despite what you may think, carpooling is convenient! You can ride with the same people every day, or join different ones each day, all depending on your commute. Flexibility makes carpooling convenient.
  • Helps you make new friends – You work with your coworkers, but how often do you spend time with them? Carpooling helps you get to know them better and form new (maybe even lasting) friendships.

Introducing the New 2016 Nissan Titan XD with V8 Cummins Engine

2016 Nissan Titan XD
2016 Nissan Titan XD

The new 2016 Nissan Titan XD is ready to make a serious impact in the pickup truck world. Big changes and small changes make the Titan a standout this year.

The biggest development in the new Titan is the Cummins 5.0-liter V8 engine, a first for the Titan. It’s turbocharged, with an output of 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque.

Not only this, but the full-size pickup was also named the “Truck of Texas” by the Texas Auto Writers Association in its annual 2015 Texas Truck Rodeo. This was the competition’s top award; the Titan XD also earned the Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas, Off-Road Pickup Truck of Texas, and Best Powertrain awards.

The Titan XD has a lot to brag about. In addition to taking home these awards, it has some great features that make it truly amazing. Innovative available technologies like the Integrated Trailer Brake Controller and Trailer Sway Control help you utilize the Titan XD’s potential while feeling comfortable and in control.

Check out the 2016 Nissan Titan XD today at Blackburn Nissan.

Ways You Can Organize Your Glove Box

The glove box isn’t the part of a car many people give a thought to. Along with the center console bin and side door storage, the glove box is often used as a catch-all for Happy Meal toys, expired insurance cards, and shopping receipts. To ensure that you can find what you need, when you need it—like your registration when you get pulled over—follow these tips on how to organize your glove box and maximize your storage space while enjoying a clutter-free car!

Make piles. To start your glove box-cleaning adventure, go through the bits and pieces of riffraff in your glove box, sorting it in to different piles. Keep in the glove box what you absolutely need—no, that doesn’t include your child’s Frozen toy—and throw away or move to another place anything you don’t need. Shred expired insurance cards, throw away expired coupons, and make sure everything that is to stay in your glove box belongs there.

Use some elbow grease. Before you begin gathering everything that is staying in your glove box, make sure you give it a quick once over with a simple solution of dish soap and water to clean up the dust inside. Lysol wipes also work, along with any number of the dashboard car cleaners out there. For something other than vinyl or plastic, a lint brush can also do the trick.

Focus on organization. As you begin to place objects back into the glove box, try to make it logical, keeping your registration and proof of insurance together and making it easy to access your owner’s manual. Also, using plastic sleeves to hold everything is always a great idea, along with book marking pages in your manual that you will use often.

By following these tips on how to organize your glove box, you will ensure yours always stays tidy! Do you have any tips you would like to share? Tell us about them below!

The 2015 Nissan Frontier and Xterra are coming to Blackburn Nissan Soon!

Looking for a pickup that offers the best of both worlds? Look no further than the 2015 Nissan Frontier. This truck continues to be a front runner in the tough midsize segment. The Frontier has an excellent starting MSRP of only $17,990 and includes a plethora of new features for 2015. Some of our favorite enhancements include: NissanConnect™ with Navigation, Mobile Apps, & 5.0-inch color display, a moonroof , and an exciting new color. For the 2015 model year, drivers can choose between a 4.0-liter DOHC V-6 engine or a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder.

Nissan Frontier and Xterra
Nissan Xterra

The 2015 Nissan Xterra is ready for adventure! This fun-loving utility vehicle was built for on- and off-road driving and the interior is packed with great features. Some of the Xterra’s new features include NissanConnect™ with a 5.0-inch color display, USB connection, mobile apps, iPod® interface, Bluetooth, hands-free texting, and SiriusXM satellite radio. Like the Frontier, the Xterra is also available in a new color. The starting MSRP for the 2015 Xterra is $23,660 making it a great value.

We will have both of these 2015 vehicles on our lot within the next few weeks! If you have any questions about changes and upgrades, feel free to give us a call at (601) 631-0079.